Kodiak, Alaska

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Kodiak, Alaska

Introduction to Kodiak, Alaska

Kodiak, Alaska, in Kodiak Island county, is 250 miles S of Anchorage, Alaska. As of the year 2000 census, 6,334 people lived in Kodiak.

Kodiak History

Native Americans have lived in present-day Kodiak for about 7,000 years. The word 'Kadiak' in their language means an island. The Russians first discovered the island in 1763. Captian Cook of Britain visited the area in 1778. Alexander Baranov, a fur trapper, built a warehouse and a settlement where the city of Kodiak now stands. In 1784, Shelikov founded a Russian settlement at Three Saints Bay . His objective was to continue the sea otter hunting industry and restrict British fur trade. It was named Pavlov Harbour. The U.S. constructed a navy base in Kodiak in 1938. In 1941, Kodiak was incorporated.

Kodiak and nearby Attractions

  • Kodiak City - Museum
  • Alutiiq Museum
  • Baranov Museum
  • Fort Abercombie State Historic Site
  • Shuyak State Park

Things To Do In Kodiak

The city of Kodiak has many parks. One can visit Pasagshak State Recreation Site which provides camping, fishing, and picnic facilities. Book lovers will enjoy the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library. There are a number of reservoirs including Lower Reservoir and Lake Bettinger Lower Reservoi. One can also visit the Evangelical Museum.

Kodiak Transportation

The Kodiak Airport is nearby.

Kodiak Higher Education

The University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Peninsula College, Whatcom Community College, and Evergreen State College offer opportunities for higher education.

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High Points

Kodiak strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Alaska):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Kodiak Short Commute Times
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Kodiak Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Kodiak Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Kodiak Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 13% Kodiak Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 15% Kodiak People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 16% Kodiak Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Kodiak, Alaska

Comparing Kodiak to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Alaska (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 7
Racial Diversity 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 6
Well-Paid Single Women 6 8
Age of the Population 3 7
Senior Citizens 1 7
Female Share of the Population 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 6
Portion of People Married 6 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 6 9
People Above Poverty 6 9
College Educated Adults 5 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 5
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Working at Home 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 3
Housing Recently Built 8 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 3
People Living Alone 4 6
Affordability of Rents 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 5 7
Low Violent Crime 2 3

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Kodiak Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 250 miles S of Anchorage, Alaska
County Kodiak Island
Standard Zip Codes 99615
P.O. Box Zip Codes 99619, 99697
Phone Area Codes 907
Time Zone Alaska (-9 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 57.79
Longitude -152.407

Kodiak Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 35 F
Apr Temp 32 to 43 F
Jul Temp 49 to 60 F
Oct Temp 34 to 46 F
Annual Precip 75.3 inches
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 34 F
Apr Temp 30 to 41 F
Jul Temp 46 to 58 F
Oct Temp 34 to 45 F
Annual Precip 78.5 inches
Station HOMER 8 NW
Distance 138.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 26 F
Apr Temp 27 to 39 F
Jul Temp 45 to 59 F
Oct Temp 29 to 39 F
Annual Precip 28.2 inches
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Kodiak Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,334 100%
Male 3,379 53.3%
Female 2,955 46.7%
Under 18 1,846 29.1%
18+ 4,488 70.9%
65+ 432 6.8%
Median Age 33.5
Average Family Size 3.64
White 2,939 46.4%
African-American 44 0.7%
Asian 2,010 31.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 663 10.5%
Other 276 4.4%
Mixed Race 343 5.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 541 8.5%

Estimated Kodiak Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,273
Growth -61
Growth % -1%

Kodiak Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.9%
German 9.2%
US/American 4.9%
English 3.6%
Irish 3.4%
Italian 1.9%
Scottish 1.8%
European 1.8%
Swedish 1.7%
Norwegian 1.6%
French Canadian 1.6%
Polish 1.3%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Russian 0.8%
Danish 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Finnish 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
African 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kodiak, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Uscgs (99619)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Kodiak 6,334 $60,484
Ouzinkie 225 $54,375
Port Lions 256 $42,656

Kodiak Public Libraries

Chiniak Public Library
Kodiak, Alaska
(907) 486-3022
A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library
Kodiak, Alaska
(907) 486-8686

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2. Fairbanks, Alaska 88.5   27.7% 6.6% 19.4% 13 $46,785 9.6% 33.3% 30,224 10.5% 49.7 1% 7.6
3. Kenai, Alaska 85.4   26.9% 6.4% 16% 19 $56,856 8% 17.2% 6,942 9.8% 43.7 1.9% 6.3
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